Or [if] I send a pestilence into that land
Or the plague, which is the destruction that wastes at noon day; this is from the Lord, and a sore judgment it is: and pour out my fury upon it in blood;
or, "by blood" F25; by corrupting the blood, which is done when a man is seized with the pestilence. The Targum renders it, "with slaughter"; by slaying a great number of persons by that disease, as a token of fury and wrath, because of their transgressions. It may be rendered, "because of blood" F26; and so express the cause and reason of the judgment, the shedding of innocent blood: to cut off from it man and beast;
man by the pestilence, and beast by some contagious distemper or another.
F25 (Mdb) "per sanguinem", Piscator.
F26 "Propter sanguinem", Vatablus.